M&A Deal Summary

Endeavor Acquires Ultimate Fighting Championship

On July 11, 2016, Endeavor acquired media company Ultimate Fighting Championship from Zuffa for 4.0B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Endeavor’s 4th transaction in the Media sector.
  • This is Endeavor’s largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Endeavor’s 5th transaction in the United States.
  • This is Endeavor’s 1st transaction in Nevada.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2016-07-11
Target Ultimate Fighting Championship
Sector Media
Buyer(s) Endeavor
Sellers(s) Zuffa
Deal Type Divestiture
Deal Value 4.0B USD

Target

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
website
UFC is a global sports brand focused on mixed martial arts events. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, broadcast in over 156 countries and territories, to nearly 1.1 billion television households worldwide, in 29 different languages. UFC capitalizes on digital distribution platforms via its wholly-owned subscription over-the-top service, FIGHT PASS, delivering exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the globe.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Endeavor

Beverly Hills, California, United States

website


Category Company
SectorMedia
Employees7,700
Revenue 5.1B USD (2021)
DESCRIPTION

Endeavor is a global sports and entertainment company, home to the world’s most dynamic and engaging storytellers, brands, live events, and experiences. Endeavor is comprised of industry leaders including entertainment agency WME; sports, fashion, events, and media company IMG; and premier mixed martial arts organization UFC. The Endeavor network specializes in talent representation; marketing and licensing; content development, distribution, and sales; event management; and a number of direct-to-consumer offerings. Endeavor is based in Beverly Hills, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 6 of 11
Sector (Media) 4 of 5
Type (Divestiture) 1 of 2
State (Nevada) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 5 of 9
Year (2016) 1 of 2
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 5
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2015-04-16 Professional Bull Riders

Pueblo, Colorado, United States

Professional Bull Riders is a sports league franchise for the sport of bull riding. The Company is based in Pueblo, Colorado.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2016-08-22 The RWSG Literary Agency

Los Angeles, California, United States

The RWSG Literary Agency is a literary agency that represents writers of non-fiction, biography, short stories, novels, web comics, films and television.

Buy -

Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Zuffa

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Category Company
Founded 2000
SectorMedia
DESCRIPTION

Zuffa LLC is a multimedia sports promotion services.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 1 of 1
Sector (Media) 1 of 1
Type (Divestiture) 1 of 1
State (Nevada) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 1 of 1
Year (2016) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2001-01-31 Ultimate Fighting Championship

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

UFC is a global sports brand focused on mixed martial arts events. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, broadcast in over 156 countries and territories, to nearly 1.1 billion television households worldwide, in 29 different languages. UFC capitalizes on digital distribution platforms via its wholly-owned subscription over-the-top service, FIGHT PASS, delivering exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the globe.

Buy $2M